The Most Influential People in Dance Today

For Dance Magazine‘s 90th anniversary issue, we wanted to celebrate the movers, shakers and changemakers who are having the biggest impact on our field right now. There were so many to choose from! But with the help of dozens of writers, artists and administrators working in dance, the Dance Magazine staff whittled the list down […]

Sparks and Slow Burns

The secrets of creating onstage chemistry Kochetkova and Boada in Romeo & Juliet. Photo by Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB. As Lasha Khozashvili eases Lia Cirio down from a lift, the pair work out the exact angle of her hips. They try again and again, reading each other’s responses until they have it right. They’re rehearsing […]

Inside DM

Maria Kochetkova is constantly on the move. This is a dancer with relentless drive who’s determined to conquer every opportunity. As writer Claudia Bauer explains in “Being Masha,” that has turned the 5′ dynamo into an international ballet superstar. What’s most impressive is how, with each performance, Kochetkova continues to develop her artistry. She never […]

Being Masha

You can tell when Maria Kochetkova is thinking hard about something, because her lips purse and her eyes darken. The look crosses her face frequently during a rehearsal with fellow San Francisco Ballet principal Vitor Luiz for the Kingdom of the Shades pas de deux from La Bayadère. The sequence of entrelacés from pirouette to […]

Television & My Career

Adé Chiké Torbert, Maria Kochetkova, and Allison Holker talk about TV’s impact.     ADÉ CHIKÉ TORBERT   Since finishing in the top four of So You Think You Can Dance Season 7, Adé Chiké Torbert has performed on Broadway in Fela! and NBC’s SMASH Season 2, and Dancing With the Stars. He appears in […]

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